Airservices commitment to environment strengthened with new $25m noise management contract

26 May 2014

Airservices has signed a five-year, $25 million contract with world leading company Bruel & Kjaer as part of the organisations ongoing commitment to the environment and aircraft noise management, including providing accurate, useful and timely information to communities and the industry on aircraft noise.

Airservices Executive General Manager, Safety, Environment and Assurance, Dr Rob Weaver, said that Airservices already strong international reputation for commitment to the environment would be significantly enhanced by the new contract.

The contract includes short and long term noise and flight and noise path monitoring, as well as the web-based noise information tool, WebTrak.

“This system collects noise and flight path data from every aircraft operating to and from nine of our busiest airports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using noise monitors strategically placed in suburbs and areas most impacted by aircraft noise,” Dr Weaver said.

“This data helps us to determine the contribution aircraft noise makes to the overall noise to which a community is exposed, and can assist government and local authorities with their decision-making processes.”

As well as maintaining the 40 permanent noise monitors located under or near flight paths at major airports, the new contract also provides for greater flexibility and increased short-term noise monitoring.

Short-term monitoring allows data to be obtained from locations where a permanent monitor cannot be installed and gives Airservices the ability to respond to community concerns.

WebTrak is a community information tool which allows residents to see detailed data on take-offs and landings at major airports up to three months ago. It also allows for expanded coverage by the tool around the major airports as well as the potential introduction of WebTrak to other locations from 2015.

WebTrak My Neighbourhood is in final stages of development and will be rolled out progressively over the next six to 12 months.

Airservices existing WebTrak tool and Noise and Flight Path Monitoring system was previously provided by Bruel & Kjaer under an existing contract which commenced in 2008.